This week I experienced the joys and also the challenges of not actually following a set training programme. Most people I talk to seem to face the same form of battle - we like the regime and focus of having a plan, but then also relish the freedom that not having one can bring...
MONDAY: today was a day when I relished the 'no plan' freedom. Finishing work I had the urge to run on the treadmill - which was probably heightened by the clocks going back at the weekend and the dark days looming in already. I ran 5k of fast intervals in a gym where the air condition was not working - it was positively a summer run! Body Pump after.
TUESDAY: Body Attack class
WEDNESDAY: an 8.5k run before Body Pump. My legs were tired today and I felt like I was struggling round. I put this down to the new exercises in Body Attack, which are very lunge heavy, as last Wednesday my run also felt more of a challenge. This has made me realise I need to seriously consider the Body Attack/Marathon training balance when I start training again, and whether the benefits of the high intensity, plyometric type exercises outweigh the negative effects they can have on my legs. Body Pump after.
THURSDAY: today I missed my plan. I didn't want to run as I am trying to keep my mileage lower for a few weeks as part of a period of rest; so I wasn't really sure what to do! I headed to the gym for cross training, completing cardio intervals, core work and lots of stretching focusing on my poor flexibility.
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: with a night out on the horizon for a leaving party for my Australian bound friend, I ran my longer run for the week, only 10k, but I don't want to push myself too much further at the moment. I had also been drinking Friday night as part of another leaving event for my friend, and this made my stomach hurt as it seemed to do last week when running after drinking. The run was therefore a little uncomfortable to say the least!
SUNDAY: the day after a night of drinking and little sleep I had no intention of running or doing any form of intense work out. I headed to the gym for weights training - more for mental benefits, as exercising always makes me feel less guilty about what I have done to my body! It has fallen nicely that a period of time when I am taking things easier has coincided with my friend's numerous celebrations. This has meant I have truly been able to enjoy them - a definite benefit of having no plan!